AZ BTC sues state in federal court over anti-PLA, anti-apprenticeship law
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Contact: Laura Garcia, (602) 626-8805
Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council challenges anti-PLA, anti-apprenticeship law in federal court
PHOENIX, Ariz. – December 12, 2017 – The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council (AZ BTC) has filed a complaint against the State of Arizona challenging A.R.S. Section 34-321.
AZ BTC is challenging a state law that prohibits cities and towns from requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and the use of apprenticeship programs. PLAs are universal terms and conditions agreed upon between employers and employee groups. The use of certified apprenticeship programs is important to Arizona because of the growing demands of highly skilled labor.
“Overturning 34-321 is very important to AZ BTC, because PLAs and apprenticeship programs help ensure a safe and professional work environment for our members, and a top quality product for the customer,” stated President of AZ BTC Dean Wine. “Apprenticeship programs help grow the economy by producing the highly skilled workers that out-of-state companies are looking for before moving to Arizona.”
The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council is a labor organization comprised of affiliated construction trade organizations representing more than 11,000 construction workers in Arizona.